Pilates Therapeutics

Workshop 2: Working with Shoulder Dysfunction


Course description

In this workshop, we will discuss healthy movement of the shoulder and how to use the push through bar, the wall, and the Pilates ring to effectively to bring about healthy shoulder movement in your clients and yourself.  The push through bar on the trapeze table is a unique apparatus. There is no other apparatus that moves like it in the movement arena.  We will discuss how the push through bar’s rigid arc like movement is an excellent tool for assessing movement, and providing feedback, challenge, and guidance for shoulder movement.

Course Objectives

  1. Participates will identify faulty movement characteristics on the push through bar and pair them with shoulder movement faults.
  2. Participants will identify improper movement on the push through bar to facilitate healthy movement patterns.
  3. Participants will describe proximal to distal and distal to proximal chain function and dysfunction through PNF patterns.
  4. Participants will demonstrate 8 series of shoulder exercises on the push through bar and understand the important combination of shoulder and spine movement assisted by a “between chain (not closed or open)” exercise.
  5. Participants will learn exercises on the wall and with the Pilates ring that clients can do anywhere to perfect and maintain healthy shoulder movement patterns.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is for Pilates instructors, physiotherapists, or physiotherapy assistants, or movement practitioners.

About Christine Romani-Ruby

Christine is an experienced Pilates professional and international presenter with a strong background in physical therapy and fitness. She is the founder and director of PHI Pilates and PHI Pilates Studio based in Pittsburgh, PA, an associate professor at California University of Pennsylvania, and a member of the faculty at the Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh. Gold certified in Pilates through the PMA and serving on the PMA certification commission, she has contributed to the Pilates community with the publication of six books, 13 DVD’s, and multiple articles, podcasts and international workshops and presentations. Chrissy holds a master degree in physical therapy from Slippery Rock University and has practiced as an orthopedic and sports PT for 20 years.  She holds bachelor’s degrees in both exercise science and natural science and a certificate in athletic training. Presently she is a doctoral candidate in education at Indiana University of PA.

Christine has incorporated Pilates into her practice as a physical therapist for over 13 years and she is known by teachers around the world for unselfishly sharing her ideas and techniques for the benefits of clients and patients. Her 4,000 square foot Pilates studio in Pittsburgh is well known to clients for rehabilitation and conditioning and to teachers for continuing education.

About PHI Pilates



1 October 2016 (Saturday)



Core Fitness Physiotherapy & Pilates Centre

583 Orchard Road, Forum #05-04, S238884